Artificial intelligence designed to benefit academic success (E/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stream: Supporting Teaching, Learning and Student Success
Location: 518

In fall 2019, Montreal’s 12 public colleges decided to jointly develop a project aimed at providing colleges with rapid access to a predictive analysis tool based on artificial intelligence (AI) to better support students in their academic success. This led to the creation of the project “AI at the service of academic success”. Once the concept was developed, the private enterprise who provides the Montreal colleges with integrated management software (IMS) became an integral part of the planning committees. This collaborative endeavour—the first of its kind—not only provided an opportunity to jointly develop the tool but also to resolve any hurdles along the way, in addition to raising stakeholder awareness of the importance of ethics in AI projects. While the pandemic did have an impact on the data with respect to students’ academic success, particularly with regards to course grades, the project resulted in the creation of a pilot screening tool designed to identify students at risk of failing. This tool is used by academic success specialists at four Montreal-area colleges. This session will focus on the various project governance principles, including the multi-disciplinary nature of the committees and compliance with EU guidelines on the responsible use of IA. Presenters will share how the project stakeholders worked together to ensure the success of the implementation process. Participants will be provided with a practical overview of the tool that was developed and how it is currently being used.

François Paradis, Directeur des systèmes informationnels et des affaires corporatives, Dawson College
Isabelle  Moncion, Directrice des communications et des affaires corporatives, Collège Vanier
Stéphane Godbout, Directeur général, Regroupement des cégeps de Montréal
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